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BRTC Suessical Audition Meeting Announced

Auditions for Seussical the Musical will take place on Thursday, January 30th in the Small Ensemble room.  Auditions are open to any 5th-12th grade student.  Students do not need to prepare anything; all material will be taught at the auditions. The auditions will begin at 3:15pm and should be done by 5:00pm. Performances are the weekend of May 15-16. Students auditioning should come prepared to notify the directors of any rehearsal conflicts they would have between February-May. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Andrews. 

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We the People team takes FIRST Place in State of Michigan


Black River's We the People team placed 1st in Michigan today! In the process, the team knocked off defending champs East Grand Rapids, who had previously won the state title for 6 years in a row.

The team will be traveling on to the National Finals in Washington DC from April 24 to 28, 2020. Huge congratulations to these students on their great work!

Gerow, Lily 12
Kendall, Piper 11
LaBurn, Elijah 11
Lowry, Jonathan 11
Lynch, Sierra 11
Newberry, Ariana 11
Overweg, Nathan 12
Pennington, Dylan 12
Rajgarhia, Sia 11
Seymour, Parker 11
Usmani, Aanya 11

Buikema, Riley 12
Hodson, Simon 12
Laux, Joshua 12
Prince, Sullivan 12
Rajani, Eshan 12
Ruhl, Madeline 12
Saunders, Emma 12
Assistant Coach: Luke Ruiter, BR alumnus

We the People students


2020 Snowcoming Activities Announced

Black River's Snowcoming Game will be on Friday, February 7th! Come help us cheer on the Girls and Boys Basketball teams as they take on Fruitport Calvary. JV Boys at 4:00pm, Varsity Girls game begins at 5:30pm and the Varsity Boys game will follow at 7:00pm.

Admission is $5 for the general public and free for current Black River students and staff. Concessions and Athletic Boosters gear will be for sale on site, and there will be games, prizes and treats throughout the evening. Come in your best beach or tropical attire to participate in the Snowcoming Beach Theme! 

Hope to see you there!

2020-2021 Black River Open Enrollment is Open

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2020-2021 Black River Public School Open Enrollment has begun for grades K-12

Click on link below to apply during our open enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year:

2020-2021 Black River Public School Application Form

For more information regarding open enrollment and our lottery please visit our admissions page.

Open Enrollment ends Feb. 26, 2020 at 4pm

Poetry Out Loud Competition Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to support your students! Here are the results:

Finalists: Hannah Huggett, Grade 9, Aanya Usmani, Grade 11 and Sadie Brooks, Grade 11

Runner-Up: Joshua Merz, Grade 12

School Champion: Laine Kibler, Grade 12

Laine will be representing Black River at the state competition in Lansing on March 13-14, 2020. Please congratulate her and all participants on a job well done!

BRTC Spring Production Announced: Little Women

On behalf of the Black River Theatre Company students, we'd like to invite you to attend our upcoming production of Little Women. The performances are Friday, March 6 at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Cityside Middle School (Lokers Auditorium) in Zeeland

When available, ticket information can be found at: blackrivertheatreco.ludus.com


Senior Party Fundraising Committee Partners with Buffalo Wild Wings

Black River Seniors are hosting a fundraiser for their Senior Party.  Bring this coupon to Buffalo Wild Wings anytime on Wednesday, January 29 and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Class of 2020 Senior Party.  Help them have a fun and safe celebration. You must bring a paper copy of the coupon. It is good for Dine-In or Carry Out. 

Black River Upper EL/MS Geography Bee Winners Announced

The 2019-2020 Geography Bee winners are:

3rd place -  Deen Berent, Grade 4
2nd place - Jake Caropepe, Grade 8
1st place - Evan Spyker, Grade 5

Congratulations to all participants!  

MS/HS Blue Lake Scholarship Audition Day Information

Blue Lake Scholarship Audition Day is on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8am-3pm. Interested music, art, and drama students may sign up for a five minute audition time slot with any of the fine arts teachers. Auditions and portfolio review will take place in the Chamber Music Room which is in the Large Ensemble Room. 

Instrumental: A solo or etude and three major or minor scales demonstrating your instrument’s range. No guitar or soprano sax. 

Vocal: A short series of vocal warm-ups demonstrating vocal range, and a prepared solo (accompanied or unaccompanied). 

Theater: Brief monologue of your choice; and a musical excerpt if auditioning for musical theater.

Art: Portfolio review includes photos of three to four original works. Include a variety of media if possible.

Green Team Composting Program Needs Volunteers

Green Team decided is reminding students how to compost, and in addition, they have a new procedure with composting that they'll be teaching in school. Here are the links below to sign up to help with the program: 

MS/HS- SignUp Genius: 


Elementary- SignUp Genius: 


Below are some impressive statistics that Ken Freestone, Residential Energy Advisor of the City of Holland, gave us about how beneficial Black River’s composting has been:

We’ve learned that over the past approximately 4 months, we have diverted 113.4 yards of material from the landfill. Secondly, of the 8 organizations that participated in the composting pilot program (entirely churches and nonprofits, we were the only school) we by far produced the most compost. By all the groups together, 5.82 tons of CO2 were reduced from the atmosphere and due to the size our contribution a large percentage of that number was due to our compost. WOW!

OK2Say Hotline is Always Open

Stop the Silence! Black River Parents and Guardians - If you are worried about a student, don't be afraid to speak up by contacting the Ok2Say Hotline to leave an anonymous tip - OPEN 24/7 including weekends and before/during school hours. Specially trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency. Please use this resource if you have a concern during a time school is not in session. Contacting 911 with a concern is also an option. These methods will be the quickest way to ensure student safety. Thank you! 

Phone: 855-565-2729     Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)     Email: ok2say@mi.gov

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Stay Current on School News & Events! Download our Stay Connected Mobile App

Stay up-to-date on BRPS current events and news by adding the Stay Connected App to your phone! Features include:

  • Headline News and Information
  • Calendar of Events
  • School and Staff Directory
  • School Notifications for Closings and Delays

Please click on the preferred link below to download the website application:
Click Here for Apple SchoolPointe Stay Connected App
Click Here for Android SchoolPointe Stay Connected App

Order your 2019-2020 School Yearbook Here!

It's time to start thinking about ordering this year's yearbook. We are working with a new company this year. Jostens offers a $5.00 incentive if you order your yearbook early. The Elementary Yearbook is $20.00 when ordering early, and the High School Yearbook is $45.00 when ordered early.

Below you will find the links to follow to order each yearbook. Please make sure that you click on the correct link for the yearbook you are ordering.

Elementary Yearbook $20.00 If ordered before October 11, 2019


High School Yearbook $45.00 if ordered before October 11, 2019


If you have any questions, contact Joy Shirk, the yearbook adviser at  shirkj@brpsk12.org  

Black River Rat School Spirit Store - Order Online 24/7!

Check-out the new Black River School Spirit Store - Uniting Students, Parents and Fans through School Pride! We are very excited to announce our School Store with 24/7 online ordering and delivery straight to your home. The link can be found on the banner in the right hand corner of the Black River website or here. Watch for a $10 Gift Card, one promotion per household which will be sent home with the youngest child in each family this week. We hope you will consider the School Store when shopping for the holidays and stocking stuffers! Contact the MS/HS Main Office if you have any questions.

Meet your New Infinite Campus Apps!

Infinite Campus has released two new and improved mobile apps: Campus Student (for students) and Campus Parent (for parents). Download your free app for real-time access to grades, assignments, schedules, announcements and more. 

School Code: 231963
District ID: PWHTPS

meet your new infinite campus apps


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